Quebec choose dismisses $2.5M Dollarama class motion settlement

A Quebec choose has dismissed a $2.5-million class motion settlement on behalf of Dollarama clients who bought merchandise topic to an eco charge.

The proposed settlement was reached on Feb. 21 and was topic to courtroom approval. The choose dismissed the settlement on April 17, in response to a web site devoted to the category motion.

Regulation agency LPC Avocats knowledgeable class members of the choice in a letter on Friday.

Meaning members of the category will not obtain present playing cards or another compensation that they’d’ve been entitled to beneath the settlement, the web site stated.

Class counsel Joey Zukran confirmed in an e-mail to CBC Information that the case would proceed as if no settlement had been reached.

Within the letter to class members, Zukran wrote that “at this stage, the events can both proceed to litigate the matter, or renegotiate a brand new settlement,” through which case a brand new class motion discover could be despatched out.

Determination paperwork present that the choose concluded there wasn’t sufficient proof that the settlement could be helpful to class members or that the category motion had been structured accurately.

No proof of buy was required to say a present card. Gadgets topic to an eco charge embody batteries, electronics, gentle bulbs or toys with batteries.

Anybody who bought a product topic to an environmental dealing with charge from Dollarama in Quebec between Dec. 11, 2019, and July 4, 2023, or elsewhere in Canada between Might 29, 2021, to July 4, 2023, would have been eligible to say a present card with a most worth of $15.00.

Dollarama agreed to the unique settlement however denied any wrongdoing and legal responsibility.

The corporate advised CBC Information in an e-mail late Friday that it’s “at the moment reviewing the ruling and evaluating subsequent steps.”

“Because the matter is earlier than the courts, we can’t be making extra remark presently,” the corporate stated.

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